Aqueducts: The Solution to Rome's Water Problems

Aqueducts: The Solution to Rome's Water Problems Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct founded in Rome, started out delivering the men and women living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had relied on natural springs up until then. During this period, there were only 2 other technologies capable of providing water to higher areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which gathered rainwater. Starting in the sixteenth century, a new strategy was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean portions to generate water to Pincian Hill. During the length of the aqueduct’s channel were pozzi, or manholes, that gave entry. Whilst these manholes were created to make it less difficult to sustain the aqueduct, it was also possible to use containers to pull water from the channel, which was employed by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he purchased the property in 1543 to his death in 1552. Despite the fact that the cardinal also had a cistern to collect rainwater, it didn’t provide enough water. Via an opening to the aqueduct that ran below his property, he was set to suit his water desires.

Water-raising Tool by Camillo Agrippa

Water-raising Tool by Camillo Agrippa Regrettably, Agrippa’s great design for lifting water was not referred to a lot after 1588, when Andrea Bacci acknowledged it in public. It may have become obsolete once the Villa Medici was set to receive water from the Acqua Felice, the early modern aqueduct, in 1592. The easier reason is that it was forgotten about when Ferdinando left for Florence in 1588, following the passing of his brother Francesco di Medici, to trade his rank as cardinal for one as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. #P# There may have been other spectacular water-related works in Renaissance landscapes in the later part of the sixteenth century, like water fountains which played music, water caprices (or giochi d’acqua) and also scenographic water presentations, but none of them was motorized by water which defied gravity.
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